By By Kiana W and Annabel S L6
The MedSoc google classroom has many resources which are easily accessible for members in all year groups. Resources include links to webinars, sites with information on HE, entrance exam practice, online work experience opportunities and a reading list with books on various themes which are relevant to medicine, veterinary science and dentistry. L6 members (bubble) meet once a week and we can also see the plan for each meeting in advance, which helps us to prepare.
FelsTED talks have been delivered by two OFs at very different stages of their careers. Sara Jane Horne is embarking on her career as a doctor in the Royal Navy and Sir Marcus Setchell is the former Surgeon-Gynaecologist to the Royal Household.
An example of the virtual work experience opportunities is ‘Observe GP’, which is a great way for pupils to gain an understanding of some of the realities of medicine and to help illustrate that they have witnessed and developed the core values and attributes needed to study medicine, since applicants are required to reflect on work experience for their Personal Statement and at interview. It is a series of pre-recorded videos, which showcase the roles of various team members in general practice including the GP, Practice Manager, Receptionist, Advanced Nurse Practitioner and a GP Trainee.
Several of the MedSoc members have been delivering presentations, using Google slides, on various topics over the past few weeks, such as Coronary Heart Disease Diagnosis, and the effects of COVID-19 on the NHS. Pre-recorded presentations reach a wider audience via online chapel services including ‘Jeans for Genes’ and ‘World AIDS Day’.
We often have discussions on the different topics that we explore, focusing on linking the 4 pillars of medical ethics (autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence and justice) to our discussions, and thinking beyond any views we may already hold. Although practical work is currently restricted we have been able to dissect pigs’ hearts, having first watched a dissection via Youtube. MedSoc gives us an opportunity to explore the path into an MDV based career and provides us with a platform to meet weekly with like-minded people, taking both the IB and A Levels, to discuss areas of interest.